Representatives from the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) will be in Airdrie Sept. 28 for the unveiling and official handover of a special gift – a large, award-winning sculpture recently installed on the lawn of City Hall.
“We’re so appreciative to be the recipient of this sculpture. Our connection with AUArts has really grown over the last few years and we look forward to continuing these types of partnerships that enhance the arts experience here in Airdrie,” Mayor Peter Brown said in a press release issued by the City of Airdrie. “We’re proud to accept and display this well-known piece of work in our great city.”
The City accepted a public art donation from AUArts, formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design, following a council decision in the spring of 2019, the release states. The artwork is an untitled metal sculpture created by Harold Weiss, who won a 3rd year sculpture competition with the piece in the 1970s at the Alberta College of Art.
Airdrie residents who have attended concerts at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary may be familiar with the sculpture, according to the release, as it was a fixture along the walkway to the theatre for close to half a century.
“At Alberta University of the Arts, we strongly believe in the role of public art, which is to highlight moments in the landscape of our cities," said Dr. Daniel Doz, president and CEO of AUArts. "It is out of a diverse array of public work that the depth and breadth of a community is expressed. AUArts is so proud to partner with the City of Airdrie so that this work continues to live on.”
Upon accepting this gifted artwork, the release states, City council and administration worked with a committee of community members to determine where the sculpture would be placed, and the group ultimately decided on a location in front of City Hall.
A free community event to celebrate the unveiling will take place at City Hall Sept. 28 at 3 p.m., during Alberta Culture Days.